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Blue-green algae blooms (Cyanobacteria), which can be harmful to people and pets, has been confirmed in the following water:
Amico Island Pond, Delran, Burlington Co.
Branch Brook Park Lake, Newark, Essex Co.
Delaware Lake, Warren Co.
Dramasei Park Lake, Gloucester Twp., Camden Co.
Farrington Lake, Middlesex Co.
Lake Papaianni, Middlesex Co.
Mountain Lake, Warren Co.
Pompton Lake, Passaic Co.
Ramapo River , Bergen Co.
Spruce Run Reservoir, Hunterdon Co.
Sunset Lake, Asbury Park, Monmouth Co.
All contact with the water should be avoided and fish caught should not be consumed from affected waterbodies.
For a listing of affected waters visit the CyanoHABs Events page.
For information on HABs and to report suspected blooms visit the Bureau of Freshwater & Biological Monitoring website.

It's never been better!!!

Although one of the smallest and most densely populated states in the nation, New Jersey offers endless fishing opportunities. From spring migrations of striped bass and American Shad in the Delaware River to miles of native trout streams, New Jersey anglers have some of the widest varieties of fishing opportunities available anywhere.

Through the Division's extensive stocking programs incredible opportunities exist not only for trout but for walleyes, hybrid striped bass and channel catfish as well. Muskellunge, northern pike and lake trout come in trophy proportions.

Great fishing opportunities await - so come find out why fishing in New Jersey has never been better!

arrow Muskie Fingerlings and Yearlings Stocked In Nine Waters
arrow Large Salmon Again Stocked in Four Lakes
arrow State Record Grass Carp (Archery) Caught
arrow Water Lowered For Dam Repairs At Two Assunpink WMA Lakes
arrow "Great Fishing Close to Home" Brochures
arrow Aquatic Invasive Species

Hot Topics
Winter Trout Stocking Monday and Tuesday

Freshwater Fishing in New Jersey
Warmwater fishing information Trout fishing information Landlocked salmon
Places to Fish - Ponds Places to fish - streams List of guides
Reservior FIshing Permits Accessible fishing sites Delaware River Access

Rules, Regulations and Advisories
License Information Regulations Freshwater Digest
Freshwater Permits Fish consumption advisories Clean Vessel Act

Programs & Events
NJ Outdoors Program Skillful Angler Recognition Program Record Fish Program
Hook-a-Winner Program Trout In the Classroom Free Fishing Days
Education Programs Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs Pequest Programs

Related Sites
Sportfish Restoration Program National Fishing and Boating Week
Fishing Articles Teen Anglers

VIDEOS (DEP YouTube Channel)

arrow Fall Trout Stocking
arrow Lake Trout Monitoring
arrow Electro Fishing
arrow Rainbow Trout Spawning
arrow Walleye Production
arrow Winter Trout Stocking


arrow Lake Survey (Depth) Maps
arrow Fish for Private Ponds
arrow Warmwater Fishing Has Never Been Better!
arrow The Fishing's Never Been Better in New Jersey
arrow NJ Boater's Resource Guide (pdf, 402kb)
arrow NJ Boat Ramp Guide (pdf, 1.2mb)
arrow Fish Health in New Jersey
arrow Consumption Advisories for Fish Caught in NJ Waters
arrow“Fish Smart Eat Smart” Guide Podcast
arrow Freshwater Fish of NJ
arrow Delaware River Reports
arrow Pay-For-Fishing Preserves
arrow Emergency Contact Form (pdf, 36kb)
arrow Wildlife Management Areas
arrow Revising Hunting and Fishing Regulations


arrow Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) Advisories - Division of Water Monitoring and Standards
arrow Current Water Data for New Jersey - USGS Site
arrow Raritan River Fish Cam - Rutgers Raritan Fish Migration Research
arrow Motor Boat License, Title and Registration Information - NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
arrow NJ Freshwater Mussel Field Guide - Conserve Wildlife Foundation
arrow Nutrient Pollution - US EPA Site
arrow How's My Waterway? - US EPA Site
Celebrating 75 Years: The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program - USFWS Site, 2013
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Last Updated: November 19, 2020